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Champagne dinner at Westin Tokyo

The Westin Tokyo will host a Champagne dinner on Feb. 27 at Victor’s, its French restaurant on the 22nd floor, where monthly Champagne dinner events featuring a renowned Champagne maker are hosted.

Featured this month is Champagne from Maison Pol Roger, which was established in 1849. The Champagne is based on a philosophy of delicate elegance and was a favorite of former U.K. Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill. Five selected Champagnes will be prepared for this month’s event.

The restaurant will serve a one-day pairing dinner created to best complement the Champagne. The refined dishes prepared by Executive Chef Toshio Numajiri include smoked salmon with a light orange mousse and baked foie gras pie.

The dinner event will start at 7:30 p.m. and is ¥18,000 per person.

The Westin Tokyo is in Yebisu Garden Place, seven minutes from Ebisu Station (Yamanote, Saikyo, Shonan-Shinjuku and Hibiya lines). For more information or reservations, call 03-5423-7777 or visit www.westin-tokyo.co.jp.

Doll’s Festival at Hilton Tokyo

Do you remember the last time when you celebrated “Hinamatsuri” (Girl’s Day, or Doll Festival), an occasion to pray for young girls’ growth and happiness?

For adult women to be able to enjoy the festival, the Hilton Tokyo’s second floor dining area Tsunohazu is offering two unique plans through March 16.

From 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Japanese restaurant Junisoh is serving an “Otona-hinamatsuri” (otana means adult) sushi menu comprised of seven “temarizushi” (ball-shaped sushi) accompanied by an appetizer, clear soup, sakura ice cream, and a glass of rose sparkling wine for ¥3,500 per person.

Bar & Lounge Zatta is also holding an Otona-hinamatsuri fair featuring cocktails combining liqueurs and Japanese sweets. Zatta is open from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. (Thur., Fri. and Sat. till 3 a.m.).

For both events, there will be a small gift for guests wearing kimono.

The Hilton Tokyo is two minutes from Exit C8 of Nishi-Shinjuku Station (Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line). For more information or reservations, call 03-5324-8039 or visit tsunohazu-hilton.jp

Spring stay plan at Aburaya-Ryokan

Hotel Aburaya-Ryokan in the Kamisuwa area of Nagano Prefecture is offering a limited accommodation plan to enjoy springtime with cherry blossoms, the hotel’s hot spring and delicious food.

The Kamisuwa area is dotted with many good spots for cherry-blossom viewing, which is at its peak in April.

Located close to Lake Suwa, Hotel Aburaya-Ryokan is a traditional Japanese inn with a history dating back 100 years. Unique for a Japanese inn, it boasts a hot spring source on the premises.

The plan features a “kaiseki” (traditional Japanese cuisine) dinner that includes tempura of wild spring vegetables, such as “fukinoto” (butterbur sprouts) and bamboo shoots, as well as miso-flavored horsemeat sukiyaki.

The rate per night starts at ¥12,420 per person in the main building and from ¥15,552 per person in the new building, both including tax and service fees.

The plan is available from April 1 to 26 and the hotel is currently accepting reservations.

Aburaya ryokan is five minutes from JR Kamisuwa Station. For more information or reservations, call 0266-52-2222 or visit www.aburaya-ryokan.co.jp/eng/

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